Arsenal aware of condition that could lead to £30m Ivan Toney transfer this summer

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Arsenal could sign Ivan Toney from Brentford for £30million this summer, according to reports. However, the Gunners’ hopes of completing a deal for Toney will depend on whether Brentford are promoted out of the Championship or not.

Toney joined Brentford from Peterborough for an initial £5m last summer following the departure of Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa.

The former Newcastle forward has had a stunning campaign in the Championship, scoring 25 goals in 32 appearances.

Brentford are currently second in the table as they hunt down promotion to the Premier League for the first time.

And Toney’s future in west London could depend largely on how Brentford finish the season.

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However, that figure will rise substantially if Brentford are in England’s top flight next season.

Arsenal are listed as a club paying an increasing interest in Toney, as are West Ham.

The Gunners could be in the market for a striker, with Alexandre Lacazette’s future in doubt.

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Brentford boss Thomas Frank has hinted Toney’s future at the club depends on how his team finish this campaign.

“I just hope we keep Ivan because then we’re in a good place,” Frank said.

Toney has become the third different Brentford striker in the last three seasons to score 25 league goals in a campaign.

Neal Maupay and Watkins were the first two, who left the Bees for £20m and £28m respectively.

Frank says the club’s recruitment staff deserve praise for their acquisitions up front.

“We need to be humble but also actually give ourselves a clap on the back,” Frank added.

“We’ve recruited three very good players. It’s an incredible achievement for everyone in this club. I don’t know if there’s a similar example of a Championship club that has had three different strikers three seasons in a row score 25 goals or more.

“We’re always prepared and planning ahead. Of course we’ve already planned ahead and tried to be in the best possible place for next season no matter where we’re playing.

“The main people doing that is the recruitment department, Lee Dykes, and the two sporting directors, Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles.

“I’m involved in the process but the most important thing [for me] is to prepare the team for a game every third or fourth day and then when we get closer [to the summer] that is when we will take the next move.”

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